Legco passes long-delayed legislation requiring households and shops to pay for rubbish bags expected to cost the average household up to HK$51 a month.

Environment minister Wong Kam-sing agreed to requests from legislators to allow at least 18 months to set up the system that will require residents to buy government-made bags to dispose of their trash. But green groups blasted the concession on Thursday, saying the lack of a clear timeline for implementation – originally set for between a year and 18 months – would prevent waste reduction from moving “full steam ahead”.

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